Freshman and Future Television Host at WSSU , Receives $1,500 Scholarship


Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Jerel Smith

[Dallas, TX – March 12th, 2015]

Student: Je’Rel T. Smith

GPA : 3.7

Hometown : Lexington, NC

Major/ Class: Mass Communication – Public Relations / Freshman

Je’Rel T. Smith ,a Freshman at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Je’Rel T. Smith is originally from Lexington, North Carolina and currently has a 3.7 GPA. He is majoring in Mass Communications at Winston Salem State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to pursue his goal of becoming a television host for a show that uplifts the African American community  and also start a non profit organization that concentrates on young minority men. Je’Rel is also a member of the Renaissance Men, Black Men for Change and the Freshman Class PR. He also mentions that the most influential person in his life is Hip Hop Mogul Jay- Z , who not only known for his music, but for his business endeavors.

He lives by the motto : “I have to stay true to whatever I am feeling at the time, whatever direction I am heading in and hopefully, everyone follows”. #WSSULove #RaisetheRoofRams

Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1852. In 1925, Winston-Salem State became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees and today, the University offers a Motorsports Management major. This award winning program is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management. The University’s undergraduate and graduate programs offer more than 40 majors for which graduates are prepared and ready to serve in their prospective fields. Notable alumni include: Louise Smith, an educator who established the first kindergarten program in North Carolina, former NBA basketball star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and talk show host, television personality, and former American sports journalist, Stephen A. Smith.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.